Growing Tropical Plants in a Greenhouse


Tropical plants are plants that thrive in tropical zones or areas where temperatures stay between 60 and 85 degrees F and light and moisture levels are controlled. When most people think of raising tropical plants, the popular houseplants or foliage plants come to mind, such as the ficus, pathos ivy, closet plant or spathiphyllum, diffenbachia and ferns. If you are thinking about raising these plants or other tropicals in a greenhouse, there are some things to know beforehand.

Step 1

Establish a greenhouse environment where the temperature remains between 65 and 85.

Step 2

Fertilize greenhouse plants weekly using a water soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength.

Step 3

Trim dead leaves from plants and keep the greenhouse clean of all dead plant material to prevent disease.

Step 4

Watch carefully for greenhouse pests, since they can be difficult to control. Common pests are spider mites, white flies, aphids and mealy bugs. Isolate any plants that might have pests or disease.

Step 5

Water tropical plants regularly, as the warm consistent greenhouse temperatures may cause soil to dry out more quickly.

Tips and Warnings

  • A greenhouse should be built to withstand winds of 60 to 80 mph and torrential rain.

Things You'll Need

  • Greenhouse
  • Accurate climate control devices
  • Tropical plants
  • Source of water


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About this Author

Based in Rockdale Texas, Jim Gober has been writing garden-related articles for 25 years. His articles appear in several Texas newspapers including The Rockdale Reporter, The Lexington Leader, The Cameron Herald and The Hearne Democrat. He is a Master Gardener and Certified Texas Nursery and Landscape Professional. He holds bachelor degrees in English Writing from St. Edward's University and Finance from Lamar University.